Friday, July 27, 2012

Deadgirl: Movie Review


Boys will be boys and at 17, boys are nothing but horny bastards. One can only wonder what hormonal teen boys would do if they ever found a naked girl, tied up, and completely at their disposal. The horror flick, Deadgirl, explores just that, showcasing that when it comes to sex and love, guys will do anything to be in control.

The 2008 horror, Deadgirl, directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel, follows two best friends on their dark journey into sex and enslavement that all starts at a fateful trip to an abandoned mental asylum. Ricky (Shiloh Fernandez) and JT (Noah Segan) prove that when it comes down to it, they are willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want.

The film starts with Ricky and JT having fun at the local asylum and when they take a wrong turn, they find something they never expected to see: a body. When the pair look closer, they realize their discovery is alive and upon further examination, they realize that she cannot die. The pair conclude that she isn't human and JT's nature takes over as he decides that he will use the girl for whatever he desires.

Ricky immediately has reservations but the weak and timid boy is too afraid to stand up to his determined friend, whom begins using the strange girl as his personal sex slave, even going as far as to share her with their friend, Wheeler (Eric Podnar). The scared boy does nothing as he watches his friend's keep the girl tied up and abuse her day after day, like a ragdoll.

During all of this, Ricky is still pining after his first love, Joanne (Candice Accola), whom has more than moved on from him. He refuses to participate in his friend's sick games as he tries his best to remain good for the person he really loves. The problem with love is, sometimes when you love someone, they never love you back.

When Joanne's angry boyfriend attacks Ricky, Ricky and Wheeler accidentally let their little secret slip and are forced to show him and his jock buddy their girlfriend. Once there, Ricky persuades the jock to put himself too close to the dead girl, whom bites him in a sacred place, resulting in something the boys didn't expect; the boy begins to become exactly like the girl: dead. It's from here that JT and Wheeler realize that they can make more sex slaves by having the dead girl bite and infect them.

The movie is very dark and disgusting as you watch how these young men treat this woman, and it worsens as they try to justify their actions. The pair explain that she's not human and that it's okay; however, human or not, what they do to her should never be done to anyone or anything. The film is hard to watch because I could only imagine how certain individuals would do the same exact thing if they were put into the given situation.

Deadgirl is definitely a study of human nature and what people will do under certain circumstances and how far individuals are willing to go for what they want--especially sex. Human nature is a powerful thing and when you mix your desires with power and control, it results in the worst kind of weapon that anyone can have. People become monsters when they feel above the law and that's terrifying.

Although the film had an interesting concept and some great ideas, the way that everything was executed was done poorly. The majority of the film just consists of the two friends raping the dead girl while Ricky struggles with the situation and his love for Joanne. The boys never try finding out exactly who or what the woman is or where she came from and if we were given some answers, it would have been interesting.

It seemed as though the directors and writers really wanted to upset the audience and show them just how horrible the boys were becoming by constantly showing their brutal actions; however, they didn't need to do so. The message was understood from the very beginning of the film, when the boys made their decision, so, it would have been better if the film including more variety.

It isn't until the final act of the film that things begin to shift and the movie takes an intriguing turn. When the girl bites one of the boys, they discover that she has infected them in a zombie-like way, and they realize they can use this to their advantage. The boys just want to have sex and what better way to intensify their situation than by infecting more girls to make their slaves? The problem is, they executed this too late in the film and barely went anywhere with it.

The ending was satisfying because it showed us just how far the righteous and seemingly good character, Ricky, was willing to go. When it really came down to it, he was just as monstrous as his friends were. I really enjoyed the way that Ricky turned out in the end because he seemed more realistic and if the writers made him completely angelic it would have felt like a total cop-out. The character reacted in the way that any person in love would have acted--he acted in his nature.

Deadgirl had an interesting and brutal idea that examined how individuals will act when put into a situation where they have complete control. People aren't always good and they don't always do the right things and this film highlights it well. However, the film focuses too much on the boy's disturbing actions, making it seem repetive and pointless, rather than moving the plot along sooner. The ending was satisfactory and tied everything up perfectly. It is definitely a horror to watch, to see how the young boys changed in the process, but prepare to see the same situation for a majority of the film.

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